UNARMED GUNN

A SUPER-RARE PR. IV FLOWN BY A PILOT WHO TOOK PART IN THE GREAT ESCAPE HAS BEEN RECOVERED FROM ITS CRASH SITE IN NORWAY. DARREN HARBAR DETAILS ITS HISTORY, AND THE EXCITING PROSPECT OF IT RETURNING TO FLIGHT

RECOVERY SPITFIRE PR.IV

This period study of Spitfire PR.IV AA797, also on strength with 1 PRU at RAF Benson, perfectly evokes Gunn’s aircraft. Note the large side blisters in the sliding portion of the canopy.
VIA TONY HOSKINS

Mention RAF Spitfire pilot Flt Lt Alistair ‘Sandy’ Gunn to most people and they probably won’t raise an eyebrow. Tell them he participated in the Great Escape and you’ll have their attention in a heartbeat.

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